I came across this Keyboard and Mouse Controls image on the Guild Wars 2 website and it shows you all the controls and shortcuts you can use. It’s really useful in explaining how GW2 is played and how to access many parts of the game that require you to have knowledge of these keys. For example, if you want to join a PvP match, you start by going to the Hero Panel, shortcut H. The reason for this simple layout (compared to other games) is that ArenaNet wants you to play the game not the UI. There are a few areas that you should take note of: Profession Specific Abilities, Weapon Skills, Utility Skills, Heal Skill and Elite Skill. These are the main keys for EVERY profession, with the same layout, that allow you to perform actions whether they are offensive or defensive. The only thing that changes are the abilities in that specific section. Even though the layout may seem basic it is still very overwhelming when you go into battle so don’t jump to any conclusions about the game.
Here is a break down of Guild Wars 2 shortcuts and controls for your keyboard. These shortcuts can be used for accessing the UI, activating your abilities in battle and communicating in a party, group or general chat. You can also keybind your own abilities to be more efficient and to fit your play style.
Click the Image for reference and refer to the table below.
Keyboard Controls and Shortcuts
|~||Drop Bundle / Swap Weapons|
|TAB||Target Next Foe|
|SPACE||Jump / Swim Up|
Group / Party Controls
|/invite [name]||Invite a player to join your party|
|/join [name]||Request to join a player’s party|
|/leave||Leave your current party|
|/kick [name]||Move to kick a party member|
|Ctrl+T||Suggest a target to your party|
|Enter||Begin / send a message to the current channel|
|Tab (with chat panel active)||Cycle through chat tabs|
|/l or /local [message]||Message nearby players|
|/p or /party [message]||Message your Party|
|/g or /guild [message]||Message your guild|
|/team [message]||Message all players in your WvW squad (commancder only)|
|/squad [message]||Message all players in your WvW squad (commander only)|
|/t, /tell, /w or /whisper [name], [message]||Send a private message to a player|
|/r, /reply or Backspace||Reply to the most recent private message|
|Shift+Left-Click and item||Link the item stats in the chat|
|Shift+Left-Click a waypoint||Link the waypoint for location in chat|